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How to win friends and influence people?

Tell me about Dale Carnegie courses. Have you taken one? What was it like? Was it worth the money? I’m about two months into a new job. It is a career path that really excites me and makes me feel proud... when I'm not feeling like I'm drowning. Previously my work has been mostly on the technical side. My new job has much more client interface, political wrangling, and management aspects. I really want to do well, but my natural style is to be quiet and observe unless I am actually confident in my subject. My new boss wants me to take a Dale Carnegie course to become more comfortable with speaking in general, especially in venues where I do not have experience to back up my confidence. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2016 - 11 answers

Work milestone - a short speech/anecdote is expected - what to say?

So I'm approaching an arbitrary anniversary at my job, and usually at the regular company-wide meetings they announce so & so's milestone, and they get up in front of everybody to receive a small token gift from management, and then the person usually spouts off some kind of anecdote/short story about work. I don't know what to say as I feel kind of 'meh' about my job in general. [more inside]
posted by kilohertz on Aug 10, 2016 - 9 answers

Medication for public speaking phobia?

I have a severe public speaking phobia, and am considering asking my GP about short-term medication to get me through presentations. Very concerned about being labelled a drug-seeker, though -- how to avoid this? Snowflake deets inside. [more inside]
posted by jejak on Jun 18, 2016 - 19 answers

How can I make Toastmasters work for me?

I joined Toastmasters and I'm worried I made a horrible mistake. I would love to be able to speak naturally about my work in front of colleagues, without hemming and hawing and saying "like" and "um" and talking too fast and getting nervous and flustered. I do not want to become a motivational speaker. How do I achieve the former without ending up sounding like the latter? [more inside]
posted by lazuli on Jun 2, 2016 - 18 answers

Software for speaking slowly

I'm looking for teleprompter or speaking notes software that offer some particular features. Does it exist? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne on Feb 14, 2016 - 8 answers

How do I have the best book reading ever?

My novel has been out since August, and on Wednesday I am doing my first book reading / signing (!!!). It's for a local book club, not at a bookstore, so I will have to handle any sales myself. The person running the program was incredibly casual about everything - enough to make me suspect that if I want this to go well, it's all on me. What should I be ready for? [more inside]
posted by Mchelly on Jan 18, 2016 - 16 answers

But it wouldn't mean nothing NOTHING without a woman or a girl

I'm scheduled to be on a panel about lack of women in senior roles within my industry. So I'm looking for pointers to articles, short podcasts, studies, puff pieces, reports, and just general interesting point of views on encouraging women into industries (from both women AND women). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2016 - 13 answers

Effective lecturing tips?

I'm trying to improve my ability to lecture in an interesting and engaging way. I've made some progress and know some of the basic stuff - no text-heavy slides, no reading, trying to channel my enthusiasm for the topic - but I still feel my lectures fall a bit flat most of the time. [more inside]
posted by Aravis76 on Dec 1, 2015 - 14 answers

Please help me ID a non-legal career for competitive talkers!

Other than law, do you know of a career field that affords both: (1) opportunities for public speaking, and (2) up-or-down, win-or-lose competition? Thank you for donating your time to a worthy effort--helping to boost me out of my deeply unhappy career. [more inside]
posted by ennui_on_me on Jul 8, 2015 - 11 answers

Giving a talk for developers on using MOOCs to grow as a professional

I've been preparing a 'lightning' talk (8 minutes) for a statewide technology conference. While I'm relatively new to the software dev world, I'm going to be presenting to people who have been professional developers for years, sometimes decades. So I need to pick some more experienced brains (presenters, developers, professional conference attendees) if I'm going to give a presentation that will truly be useful. [more inside]
posted by dee lee on Jun 5, 2015 - 5 answers

What is Toastmasters like?

I'm an academic. One recurring bit of advice that my advisor has for me is that I need to improve my presentation skills to be a more dynamic and engaging speaker. I do fine in informal conversations, but tend to ice up in front of a crowd. I've heard good things about Toastmasters, and have looked over the local chapter's website, but I would like to hear individual stories about what to expect about joining the club. Previous questions have mentioned the program tangentially, but I'd like detail.
posted by codacorolla on Jun 5, 2015 - 15 answers

Tips on overcoming speech nervousness

I have to give a speech at my organization and I feel two things: slightly nervous about screwing it up and ridiculous that I feel nervous. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2015 - 8 answers

Can an introvert fake charisma on stage?

I'm an introvert, and have made peace with that. Over the years, I've gotten much better at relaxing around people, but if I have to be honest with myself, I completely lack charisma. I'm in academia, which requires a lot of people-time: teaching, giving talks, and networking. How do I practice becoming a more engaging speaker? [more inside]
posted by redlines on Dec 14, 2014 - 21 answers

Lip buildup from talking

I teach a short lecture class, and by the end, there are gross white (spit? dead skin?) lines on my lips from talking that won't come off unless I scrape at them with a fingernail. I want this to not happen. [more inside]
posted by deus ex machina on Jan 22, 2014 - 13 answers

What is a good way to signal the end of a large gathering?

I regularly find myself needing to conclude a fairly sizable gathering of people. Too often I find myself at the end of our proceedings, saying something like "Have a great week," expecting people to get up and leave. But they don't. After an awkward moment, I find myself resorting to "We're done." Everyone laughs and finally leaves. How can I better signal a conclusion?
posted by toots on Dec 20, 2013 - 48 answers

Can't live like this...

If social media and crowdsourcing is good for anything, I figure it's to find some sort of answer to questions like these. Here goes nothing... I'm a 23 year old with cerebral palsy and while I'm very much a special snowflake in that I've been gifted with normal function as far as most of my life is concerned-most importantly in terms of intellect- there's one part of my CP that's made my life smaller and more miserable than any wheelchair could. It's affected my relationships with and opportunities for friends, dates and jobs, and for a richer life in general. Help me find a way out. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 21, 2013 - 24 answers

Great speeches in Spanish?

I am looking for short videos with examples of good public speaking in Spanish. I'd like to avoid English with Spanish subtitles, and I realized that I don't have many (any) examples from the Spanish-speaking world, so I've come to you for help. I don't necessarily mean grand political speeches - story-telling (Moth-like?), spoken word (would love to see this), monologues from plays, even rousing sports speeches from movies - all would work. [more inside]
posted by citizenface on Jun 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me be a better interviewee

I am generally a good interviewee when I'm asked about anything other than me, but I struggle with the personal questions. One kind that often gets me is the "tell me about a time when you were X." Another would be"list three things your friends would find surprising/annoying/etc about you" or "what is a particularly stressful situation that you encountered in the last x months". My problem with these questions is in responding quickly. Once I think of a relevant example/answer I am pretty articulate, but the timing is an issue. [more inside]
posted by tomtheblackbear on Jun 25, 2013 - 9 answers

How can I be less nervous during the lecture I'm giving tomorrow?

I'm giving an hour-long lecture tomorrow before a class of 50 college students. This is something I've never done before (although I've given shorter presentations to smaller audiences). How can I minimize nervousness/stage fright? [more inside]
posted by zeri on Feb 24, 2013 - 14 answers

[academic filter] know nothing, must give comment on it, on the fly. how to be OK with this?

I suffer from extreme performance anxiety but have been yanked in at the last minute to talk on something I know almost nothing about. Not performing is not an option. Need help. [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Oct 18, 2012 - 23 answers

List of Top Best Tips for the Making of Making a Point

What's your favorite list of Powerpoint/Keynote/presentation do's and don'ts? [more inside]
posted by humannaire on Sep 1, 2012 - 14 answers

Advice for doing a best man speech for someone you hardly know?

Earlier this year I was asked by a friendly co-worker to be his best man. I accepted against my better judgement because I got the sense he had no one else he could ask. Now faced with writing an appropriate heartfelt (possibly humorous) speech I am at a loss. [more inside]
posted by iheijoushin on Jul 23, 2012 - 20 answers

How much should I charge to speak at an event?

I've been asked to speak at an event in a major American city in front of one or two hundred people. How much should I ask for my speaker's fee? Is this an accurate guide? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2012 - 6 answers

How can I sound like a human being when I talk?

I would like my voice to be engaging and interesting sounding. Difficulty: I currently have the tonal range of a garbage truck. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on May 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me be okay with looking like a dork.

I would like some help being okay with being nervous, being clearly nervous, during presentations. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2012 - 25 answers

How do I avoid straining my voice

How do I deal with voice strain? [more inside]
posted by storybored on Apr 17, 2012 - 5 answers

I will participating in a speech competition early next week and I am feeling extremely anxious. Help?

I will participating in a speech competition early next week and I am feeling extremely anxious. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 10, 2012 - 9 answers

PowerPoint elegance for absolute beginners

I have given hundreds of lectures to audiences of all sizes and compositions, but I have never given a PowerPoint lecture. Help a complete novice do a great job the first time. [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Mar 18, 2012 - 35 answers

What makes a presentation interesting?

I've been asked to do a presentation to the new college hires that will be joining my department once they graduate. I've been given an hour, and told that I could pretty much do whatever I wanted with them, as long as I spend around 15 minutes talking about what it's like to work at our company and what they should expect for the first 3 months. I'd love to hear some input about how I could make this presentation awesome, and use the 1 hour effectively. [more inside]
posted by carmel on Mar 13, 2012 - 12 answers

I like my toast on wheat with freshly churned organic butter.

What should I expect at my first Toastmasters meeting? [more inside]
posted by Barry B. Palindromer on Feb 9, 2012 - 8 answers

How to keep from sounding nervous at the beginning of a faculty job talk?

How to keep from sounding nervous at the beginning of a faculty job talk? [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on Feb 4, 2012 - 16 answers

Technical presentation tips please!

I'm giving a technical presentation at an industry conference in two months, with an audience (guessing 50-100 people) including people I'd really like to impress. I am extroverted but terrible at public speaking. How do I prepare and build confidence for the presentation in the next two months? [more inside]
posted by ista on Jan 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Freight Transport and Logistics Lectures

Recommendations for interesting/inspiring lectures on the topic of freight transport, and logistics? [more inside]
posted by travellingincognito on Jan 19, 2012 - 5 answers

Dry throat, breathlessness when speaking in front of people

When I speak in front of an audiance I feel breathless and I take long pauses to catch my breath; my throat gets dry. While know it is due to mental anxity, I don't know how to fix it. I feel as if nothing is coming out of my throat, no matter how much I have practiced the speech before. I have tried chewing lozenges and breathing before the start of every sentence or clause. Thanks.
posted by musicgold on Jan 11, 2012 - 18 answers

Improve my elocution!

How can I work on a more "natural" delivery (emphasis, pitch, etc.) when reading books aloud? [more inside]
posted by yersinia on Nov 16, 2011 - 9 answers

Finding the Straw Man

Academics: Searching with texts that promote a fair hearing for the opposition. [more inside]
posted by Tennyson D'San on Nov 14, 2011 - 3 answers

How do you write a statement of confidence (for boss)?

How do you write a statement of confidence for the Managing Director of a company, as an employee? [more inside]
posted by menialjoy on Oct 11, 2011 - 1 answer

An Americans Guide to Australia in 10 minutes or less.

What would a Kiwanis group would like to know about Australia? [more inside]
posted by wwax on May 31, 2011 - 14 answers

how to stop public speaking-induced voice freeze?

How can I prevent sudden attacks of muteness during public presentations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2011 - 7 answers

My voice is nasally! What can I do?

My voice is nasally! What can I do? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on May 4, 2011 - 7 answers

Public Speaking Over the Phone

How can I overcome my fear of giving presentations over the phone? [more inside]
posted by sabira on Apr 11, 2011 - 8 answers

What do you mean I have to make eye contact?

Presentation filter: How bad is reading, really? [more inside]
posted by libraryhead on Dec 6, 2010 - 28 answers

Blood alone moves the wheels of history!

I've discovered that I'm an excellent public speaker. How does one capitalize on that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2010 - 9 answers

How can I tell my story without boring everyone?

I agreed to step in as a last-minute speaker at a rally for public education tomorrow. I found this question about speaking at rallies, which was really helpful. Now the problem is that I'm worried about being boring. How can I be a really lively, exciting speaker, especially considering that I'm speaking partly about personal experiences? [more inside]
posted by yomimono on Oct 6, 2010 - 9 answers

Suggestiond for telling 5 year olds about my job?

I am looking for suggestions on how to liven up a presentation about my job to a kindergarden class. [more inside]
posted by TedW on Sep 17, 2010 - 17 answers

ISO Examples of Effective Public Speaking.

Would you share videos of any presentation in front of a live audience, whose speaker's presentation style you found extremely effective (or affective)? [more inside]
posted by Tufa on Jul 21, 2010 - 3 answers

No-glasses rule for public speaking class? Really?

You're taking a public speaking class at a college located in the U.S. The instructor advises the class that glasses are not to be worn when making a speech, because the audience needs to be able to see the speaker's eyes. The problem with this directive is that you cannot read anything, at any size, without your glasses, and you don't have/can't wear contacts. What would you do? (A student attending a school in the U.S., which gets the usual accredited university /federal funds/Pheaa and student loans etc., is facing this situation.)
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2010 - 62 answers

Are iPads and tablet PCs viable substitutes for speaking notes?

Could a tablet PC or a device like an iPad feasibly be used instead of paper notes in public speaking? [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on May 14, 2010 - 10 answers

Vocal technique for voice drop?

I've been doing some public speaking, and it's been going pretty well. One critique from a friend of mine, however, is that my voice tends to drop at the end of sentences. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Mar 26, 2010 - 9 answers

Thanks for having me, I gotta go. No, I really really gotta GO.

Public speaking and bathrooms. How do you make it work? [more inside]
posted by snorlaxx on Jan 14, 2010 - 17 answers

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